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Green replacement for water cooled condenser
The CondenSyn Waterless Air Condenser from Asynt is a proven ‘green’ replacement for water cooled condensers and suitable for greater than 95% of all chemical reflux applications.
Manufactured in the UK, the CondenSyn is a high-performance glass condenser, that requires no cooling water unlike traditional Liebig condensers. It eliminates issues with water leakage and potential laboratory flooding. Also, the environmental impact of your lab is reduced as is the cost of your water usage.
Offering clear visibility of ongoing experimental reflux, the Asynt CondenSyn is very easy to clean and maintain, whilst the incorporation of a non-roll feature helps prevent accidents if left on a lab bench. Asynt offers a range of CondenSyn condensers to optimally suit different capacity round bottom flasks. A typical chemistry laboratory replacing its standard water condensers with CondenSyn units can expect to see a return on its investment in as little as six months.
Ecological synthesis of pharmaceutical compounds
Uniqsis reports that the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) has invested in a FlowLab Scale continuous flow reactor to assist in ‘green’ chemical synthesis of pharmaceutical compounds.
The Process Intensification & Flow Chemistry group of Gianvito Vilé evaluated different commercial flow reactors offering integrated synthesis, work-up and analysis capabilities before selecting a FlowLab system.
Vilé said: ‘My group uses continuous-flow technologies for the synthesis of pharmaceutically-relevant compounds. Our aim is to apply green chemistry principles to develop novel pharmaceutical compounds that protect human health while minimising impact on the environment. The investment in a new flow chemistry system was to enable the group to stay at the forefront of ecologically sound pharmaceutical synthesis.’ FlowLab can be configured with up to four pump channels with a choice of 10 or 50ml/min pump heads. It may also be configured with any combination of up to four individual heated/cooled reactor modules.